Blood testing engagement

We are aware that there were a number of clinics available for use prior to the covid pandemic. 


With the advent of covid, all of the blood testing clinics were consolidated into one clinic (Lowe House) during April 2020. During September the requests for bloods to be taken increased and in order to meet this need we opened up another clinic in Garswood. In order to improve patient waiting times and to better manage the flow of patients into the clinics, we made these appointments to be bookable appointments only.

 

In order to provide covid safe clinics in the future whilst still adhering to the national socially distance guidelines, a review of pertinent blood testing clinics has been undertaken to see which clinics can provide a covid safe clinic. The below table gives an overview as to which clinics can provide covid safe appointments for patients.

 

We do note that whilst there is an appreciation that (within in these proposals) there is a reduction in the numbers of clinics that are proposed to be available (from the pre-covid number of clinics) into the future, it should be noted that the hours of some clinics have increased and as such the overall service provision has not altered significantly. Therefore we are seeking your views on the current position of having Lowe house and Garswood clinics open for blood testing and the proposed view to open up covid safe clinics – these proposals can be seen below:

 

Pre-covid

 

Current provision

Proposed changes

Eccelston Park medical Centre – 1 hour per week

Not open

Unable to facilitate covid safe appointments

Finger Post Health Centre – 5 hours per week.

Not open

Unable to facilitate covid safe appointments

Lowe House Health Centre – 25 hours per week

Lowe House – 35 hours per week.

No change to current position  

Billinge Medical Centre – 9 hours per week.

Not open

Unable to facilitate covid safe appointments

Rainford Clinic – 5 hours 15 minutes per week

Not open

 

Planned to re-open and reinstate to 4 hours per week.

Garswood Clinic - 1 hour 45 minutes per week Garswood Clinic – extended to 9 hours per week.  No change to current provision

Orrell Surgery (Wigan) – 2 hours 30 minutes

Not open

Unable to facilitate covid safe appointments

St Helens Hospital – see HERE for hours  

No change

No change to current provision

Whiston Hospital – see HERE for hours.

No change

No change to current provision

Millennium Centre – 10 hours per week.

No change

 No change to current provision

We would appreciate it if you would complete the below survey which will assist and inform our engagement process into the future so that we can better understand your needs, whilst observing socially distance guidelines for appointments to provide covid safe clinics.

 

Survey Link

 

If you would like to book a blood taking appointment for either Lowe House or Garswood please call 0800 953 0960.

 

If you choose to attend the Millennium Centre to have your bloods taken, please remember that this service operates from 07:00 – 09:00 Monday to Friday and 8.30-11.30 on Saturday, this is a walk-in option. If possible please consider booking an appointment at either Lowe House or Garswoood clinics, which will allow you to book an appointment at a time that suits you.

 

You are also able to have your bloods taken at the Millennium centre,  St Helens Hospital and Whiston hospital – the opening times for these can be seen HERE